LEGO Shoes And Shoes For Life – Lower Your Footprint With LYF Shoes.

LYF Shoes - Pinstripe StyleLYF Shoes must know something about how much people love LEGOs because they’re using the same building-block principles to change the way we buy, repair and wear our shoes. Here’s more about LYF Shoes:

“Individual components are made from single-source sustainable materials and are assembled in 90 seconds to meet a customer’s request. This bypasses those monolithic shoe assembly factories which use toxic glues and ship boxes of air halfway around the world. Our technology allows us to pursue many more fashion, fit and ecological advances than the big brands can – while still being competitive with them on price.

We’ve also unlocked unlimited creative expression using digital integration tools, and created the first LYF Cyclable shoe.”

LYF Shoes are currently on fundraising site Kickstarter.

[LYF Shoes via TechCrunch]

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Humane Society’s ‘Seals Need Our Help’ Video.

Seals Need Our Help - HSIBelieve it or not, they’re still clubbing harp seal pups in Canada. The “Seals Need Our Help” video is a reminder that even though demand for products containing seal fur is down, and even banned in many countries, the hunt continues. Calling it a hunt is a stretch; it’s more like real-life Whac-A-Mole with a hakapik instead of a padded mallet.

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Brick And Mortar 2.0: Austrailian Retail Store Charges $5 To Look. Deducts It From What You Buy.

Just looking fee sign in Celiac Supplies' storefront window.Online shopping has a new enemy and it’s not an internet sales tax. The window sign above was created by the owner of Celiac Supplies, Georgina, and it’s in response to the “showrooming” and the “just looking” shoppers that visit her store and purchase from her competitors. From Georgina [Adelaide Now]:

“I’ve had a gut full of working and not getting paid. I can tell straight away who are the rat bags who are going to come in here and pick my brain and disappear.”

I get her frustration but it sounds like a little people repellant might be chasing the customers away too.

Moving to retail vs online: is showrooming and purchasing online more Jubbling? Can ‘sort of’ be our answer? [Adelaide Now via Laughing Squid]


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Andrew Ucles Enlists The Help Of Venomous Snakes To Catch Invasive Rabbits In Australia.

Andrew Ucles barehanded animal catchesThis is so Aus-some. Skipping the pindone poison treated carrots or oats, Andrew Ucles is going old-school to catch rabbits by chasing them into their holes and then siccing some venomous snakes on Australia’s invasive rodents. After watching the video below, it came to me that the most Jubbling way for the US to get rid of our invasive species (ie Asian carp, Burmese pythons etc.) is to import a bunch of shirtless Aussies to do the job. Just sayin. [Treehugger]


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Graham Hill Downsized His Life And Enjoyed It More. Why Can’t We All Do The Same?

Simple Studio ApartmentGraham Hill’s article “Living With Less. A Lot Less.” in the NY Times is an inspiring read. Mr. Hill, serial entrepreneur and founder of Treehugger.com, got rich early and had filled 5500 sq. ft of living space in two cities with stuff and then decided to simplify his life and belongings into a 420 sq. ft studio. From the NY Times:

“I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did.”

If you get a chance, read the full article and see if it inspires you to downsize your life.

Our household of five doesn’t live all that large but I can not wait to downsize the inside of our house and our outside lives. What’s holding us back? Unlike Graham Hill and like many families, it’s our elem/teen/tweenage kids that might suffer from the drastic change of downsizing while they’re still in school. Now on the day my youngest heads to college, our house will be abuzz because everything will go. Not storage – instead we’ll donate, give away and sell what we can because we’ll never live larger. T-minus 8 years and counting! [NY Times]

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Clotheslines Season Is Around The Corner. Check Out The Clotheslines Of 1930’s New York.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New YorkBuzzfeed posted “Monday, Laundry Day, New York City” and it was a nice reminder that clothesline season is almost here. My indoor clothesline has been working overtime this winter. I wash and hang a load on plastic coat hangers in the morning and then repeat the wash and hang process one more time in the evening.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

If you’re chomping at the bit and can’t wait for clothesline season, hang-dry your clothes indoors by purchasing an adjustable closet rod and a pair of wall brackets to hang your laundry over your washer/dryer. Your bathroom shower rod will work too.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

If you’re an anxious planner and can’t wait to get your outdoor clothesline set up, you can invest in an outdoor umbrella clothesline or get real old school and tie a rope/phone cord between to posts/trees.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

From my experience, wooden clothespins work the best on outdoor clothesline. Plastic clothespins become brittle from the temperature change of daytime heat and cool evenings.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

Good luck with clothesline season. Remember: clotheslines are the easy-to-install, affordable solar panel system. [Buzzfeed]

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